Governor Newsom stated at a February 17th press conference:
"I think there’s some wisdom to this move by SoCalGas because I think it’s an acknowledgment of the future. The future is much more bright for a company that adapts to the future, and I think they understand they are more of an infrastructure company, perhaps more than a gas company”
"[O]ne of the areas we are focusing more attention to is green hydrogen, particularly as it relates to manufacturing and large industry and so I want to acknowledge what Southern California Gas [announced] today as a step in the right direction."
SoCalGas is “promoting something the State continues to promote and will be promoting more over in the next number of years. So, we are grateful by that example. We need to see more of it.”
Wade Crowfoot, California Natural Resources Secretary tweeted: "Encouraging progress with this #GreenHydrogen announcement by @socalgas. Holds potential to be a big step in Southern California reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and moving toward the clean energy future we urgently need. Look forward to this conversation.”
Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy tweeted: “@SoCalGas’ #GreenHydrogen announcement is exciting! This commitment to engaging frontline EJ communities is the right step forward toward a new green hydrogen future.”
CA Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys): “If we are going to be successful in tackling the climate emergency, we need every company, every worker and every community on the front lines. This effort to establish a green hydrogen energy system in the Los Angeles basin is a creative and inventive step forward in that fight. It will not only dramatically reduce carbon emissions, it will create good-paying jobs.”
Marty Adams, Chief Engineer and General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP): “We are encouraged that SoCalGas is embarking on a major project that will help make green hydrogen a reality here in Los Angeles. Developing a source of safe, affordable green hydrogen is key to achieving our clean energy future by 2035, while ensuring the reliability we all need and depend on. Projects like the proposed Angeles Link are an important step forward.”
Hon. Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District: “A dedicated green hydrogen system is essential to meeting Los Angeles County’s goal of transitioning to a carbon free energy system. By decarbonizing hard to electrify industries, Angeles Link will decrease demand for fossil-based natural gas and increase the amount of reliable clean energy in the region. This will help L.A. County continue to grow sustainably without increasing greenhouse gas emissions and jeopardizing grid reliability.”
John Lee, Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 12: "Angeles Link is the first real proposal I've seen that can substantially decrease the need for natural gas in the city of Los Angeles without compromising grid reliability. I support the goals of this proposal because it will help us get one step closer to achieving the City's goal of 100% clean energy by 2035 without compromising reliability and hurting jobs."
The California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development tweeted: “The pipeline to the future is filled with #greenhydrogen. High road jobs to displace the need for fossils, clean our air, and grow our economy – good for Californians all around!”
California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis tweeted: “Today’s announcement is an exciting step towards a #GreenHydrogen future! Innovative projects like this can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, clean the air, and create green energy jobs.”
Business, Community and Labor Leaders
Janice Lin, the founder and President of the Green Hydrogen Coalition: "Infrastructure projects like Angeles Link are critical to realizing the green hydrogen vision we developed in HyDeal LA because it will enable low delivered cost for large-scale users across multiple sectors.” Continuing a California tradition of leading on climate, Angeles Link will help position the US among global leaders in green hydrogen development. The Green Hydrogen Coalition appreciates SoCalGas' leadership in facilitating access to high-volume, low-cost green hydrogen to accelerate California's economy-wide clean energy transition."
Tracy Hernandez, Founding CEO of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed): "Today's Angeles Link announcement is exactly the business innovation that the Los Angeles region needs to remain competitive and affordable today and well into the future. A thriving Southern California is essential for California to succeed. Building out a clean energy infrastructure is a win-win for local businesses, our state and, ultimately, the country."
Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor: "My priority is creating good union jobs while also seeking solutions that protect workers and their families when they return from a hard day's work. The thought of creating a massive clean, green energy hub in Los Angeles, growing union jobs, and preserving the thousands of middle-class jobs for refinery, utility, and electrical workers is exactly the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that this project presents. This is infrastructure done right."
Eric Hofmann, President of Utility Workers Union of America Local 132: "UWUA 132 is excited to support Angeles Link. It is precisely the type of future forward energy thinking our members have long advocated for – innovation, union job creation and maintaining reliable, as well as affordable, infrastructure. This is the way to build back the middle class in California."
Columbia Climate School Dean, Jason Bordoff: "Net-zero is going to require BOTH zero-carbon electrons and molecules. Electricity and also fuels for renewable storage or sectors that are harder to electrify. Good to see investments like this in the infrastructure needed to develop a market for these low-carbon fuels.”
Jack Brouwer, Director the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine: "We are on the precipice of huge growth in the production, distribution, and use of green hydrogen to enable high renewable use and zero emissions in all sectors of the economy. For nearly a decade, SoCalGas has worked together with us and others to make the hydrogen economy a reality, including helping us build the very first power-to-gas-to-power system in the country right here on the UCI campus. The Angeles Link is a great example of what can be done when government, industry, and academia work together toward a common purpose."
Lew Fulton, Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program, for the Institute for Transportation Studies at University of California Davis: "Achieving carbon neutrality requires an integrated clean fuels network to power transportation and industries that are difficult to electrify. This project will help develop a green hydrogen network that can deliver this energy to our nation’s largest transportation and manufacturing centers while enabling the widespread production of low-carbon, renewable electricity."